Bro's MES 30 2.5 Mailbox Mod

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by smokingbro, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. smokingbro

    smokingbro Fire Starter

    I've been working on a mailbox mod for my MES 30 2.5 today. I got all the mods made to the mailbox (thanks to all the information here). I need some expert advice on the duct connections to the MES. 

    Most of the MES mailbox mods I've seen on SMF show the 90 degree duct connecting to the MES chip loader outlet with the ribbed end going in. On my MES 30 2.5 the ribbed end is too small for the outer circle and too big for the inner circle. See below.

    There is also a middle lip going around half of the top of the outer circle that locks the chip loader in.

    The smooth round end of the 90 degree duct fits snugly in the outer circle, with the exception of that lip around the top for the chip loader.

    Do any of you have advice with this connection on the MES 30 2.5?

    Last question I have is on the flex tube. The mailbox is currently on the ground, but I hope to move it up a few inches and mount it to the stand of my MES. Should I shorten the flex tube?

    Thanks you for any feedback. I'm hoping to get these final details taken care of so I can do a test smoke tomorrow afternoon.
  2. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    Yeah I'd definitely shorten it it only need to he just long enough to connect the two together
  3. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    The big end goes in,the small piece flex tube to another elbow


    Another view 

  4. smokingbro

    smokingbro Fire Starter

    Thanks! This is helpful. Going to trim my flex duct tomorrow and do a test smoke. 
  5. smokingbro

    smokingbro Fire Starter

    I got mailbox mounted to MES stand and shorten flex duct. Will test tomorrow.



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  6. smokingbro

    smokingbro Fire Starter

    Fired up my mailbox mod for test run. Threw some apple chicken sausage in for lunch. So far very happy with me mod. Still need to figure out how to fine tune smoke output with vent holes.

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  7. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SmokingBro - your getting it figured out, good job on the mods.  [​IMG]

    I can see some fine eats in your future.

  8. Really nice, super clean looking mod.

    What I`m jazzed about is there isn`t anything you have to do to the MES that can`t be un-done in about a couple of minutes.

    I went super simple, as you can see.

    Not as "clean" looking, since half the length of the mailbox sticks out from the stand.

    After looking at yours, I just might get some flex tube and clean my mod up a bit.

    Don`t know about anyone else, but for me, doing a few little custom tricks is part of the fun.

    Happy Smoking.
  9. smokingbro

    smokingbro Fire Starter

    Thanks and nice job on your mod too. I've completed a couple of meat smokes with the mailbox mod and it works great. 

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